Billy Vunipola defends England and Saracens teammate Owen Farrell

Billy Vunipola has defended Owen Farrell’s leadership skills after England’s Six Nations collapse against Scotland.

The number eight told Omnisport: “The media is up and down and sometimes you can’t believe the hype. I support Faz and what he’s brought to the group, the way he’s led us.

“It’s just unfortunate that we didn’t get the results that we wanted but it’s coming, I believe that it will, I have faith that it will, we just have to show everyone else.”

He added: “It was only a few weeks ago that he was one of the best [fly-halves in the world] and now obviously we have one bad half and now everyone’s questioning, is he still our captain?

“That’s the pressure that comes with playing for England and that’s just something that we have to learn from, same for him.

“He has my support and I’m just in the team to try and help in any way that I can and he’s doing the same but leading us.”

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